Gooseberry and Thyme Syrup Cake – a rare treat

What on earth happened to the Gooseberry, one of the quintessentially British summer fruits? It was a staple of my childhood and used to always be in the shops at this time of the year.  But over the last 20 years it has virtually disappeared from all but the larger Waitrose stores and completely from most…

A Gateau Fraisier for a Garden Party

Strawberry season is definitely here with a bang and strawberries in season taste so much better than the imported variety bought out of season and they are quintessentially part of the British summer.  However it is the French who turn the humble strawberry into a work of culinary art with the Gateau Fraisier, which sounds so…

Ottolenghi’s Orange and Almond Syrup Cake – a Birthday Treat

Well it has been a long time since I blogged.  The last few months have been dreadful and I have  had little time or inclination to sit down and write.  But it is time to get back in the saddle. (Cue slightly strange pictures depicting said saddle getting) Firstly though I will  give you a feel…